These pieces are about the commodities market, the raw materials that they are, and their relation to the human spirit.
I was inspired to paint about commodities when people were selling their gold jewelry for cash during the recent recession. I associate gold jewelry as family heirlooms…so I figured that the economic value of gold must be more than its sentimental value – and I thought what happens when the price of gold drops? Does one regret selling their jewelry?
For these pieces I used simple colors that relate to each commodity and I kept the paintings simple and flat because I think raw materials are simple and mathematics, boring and flat. But it is emotion or the human spirit that brings it to life – and that is why I use faces in these paintings – to represent the human spirit as it relates to a commodity.
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